Movie Review: “Thor: Ragnarok” Does Not Disappoint!

Last we saw of Thor, he was headed to Asgard because of some disturbing images he had seen back when he had engaged in battle against Wanda Maximoff, the Scarlet Witch. This led to him to seek out answers just at the end of the 2nd Avengers installment, Age of Ultron. Back in Captain America: Civil War, we saw some pretty great group fight scenes, but then we also missed two of our favorite Avengers: Thor and the Hulk. Many fans wondered: what were they up to while Tony and Steve were breaking apart the gang?

We were lucky enough to secure a slot in the special advanced screening of the latest in the MCU Phase 3, Thor: Ragnarok last October 18 at Ayala Malls Vertis North.  So many fans gathered and the air was filled with anticipation as we counted down the minutes to finally seeing the Avengers we missed and we were NOT disappointed.

Since we found out about Taika Waititi taking over the helm, we knew it would be an entirely different movie from the previous two.  It’s a lot more entertaining and a lot lighter despite the presence of Hela, the Goddess of Death who was seen crushing Thor’s hammer Mjolnir in the trailers.

Cate Blanchett is as captivating as Hela on screen as she is in real life.  Her presence takes up everyone’s attention from the first time they show her.  She exhibits this dominance over Thor and Loki not just in appearance but in abilities as well.  Speaking of Loki, I love you Tom Hiddleston but he just doesn’t have the same impact on me as he had in his past Marvel appearances.  Then again, it was still fun to see some endearing brotherly moments between him and the God of Thunder.

Of course, we can’t forget the presence of another Avenger in this film: the Incredible Hulk.  Hulk has also gone through a makeover and is almost like an entirely different character, even more so as Bruce Banner.  He somehow ended up in the same place as Thor after he vanished in the Quinjet also at the end of Age of Ultron.  We get more time getting to know Hulk as an individual character separate from Bruce, and despite my love for his kid-like personality, some of his comically intended lines fell flat and forced compared to the natural way he used to be.  Perhaps less is more when it comes to the Hulk’s lines?

I know there are a lot of other characters worth talking about, but I’ll leave it here so you can find out how awesome they are on your own.  Thor: Ragnarok is the funniest Thor movie yet, and it’s filled with some beautifully shot scenes interspersed with comedic encounters with almost everyone.

Bonus tip: if you’re also a Potterhead, watch out for this one scene almost reminiscent of a particular scene in Harry Potter Goblet of Fire. Overall, Thor: Ragnarok is a fun addition to the MCU and apparently it’s also by far the shortest.  Watch out for some amazing fight scenes and be ready for balls of laughter scene after a scene.  Definitely a different tone compared to the first two but maybe that’s what makes it special, that it’s as versatile as its actors in changing up the pace.

Tag your friends and family and go watch ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ at the Ayala Malls Cinemas this October 25!  Then tell us your favorite scenes in the comments. Ever wonder how Thor would look set in the 80’s? Check out this article!


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